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Herman Hahn, a Silesian painter, died in Chojnice
In 1609 he renovated a mural, the "Transformation of Actaeon", for the Artushof in Gdansk, and in 1616 he donated "Agony in the Garden" to the church of St Mary in Gdansk. He painted for the cathedral the "Coronation of the Virgin". -1627

Dutch painter and chalcographer Ludolf Bakhuyzen was born in Emden
Most celebrated for his seascapes, he was the last of the major marine painters of the 17th century. -1631

Austrian architect Peter Thumb was born in Bezau
Along with Beer, he was regarded as one of the most influential exponents of the Voralberg's School. Thumb's major works include The Ebers Cathedral and the Library of St.Gallen. He died in 1766. -1681

Bavarian architect Kilian Ignaz Dienzenhofer died in Prague
He worked in Vienna with Hildrebrandt. He designed monasteries and churches following the Bohemian Baroque tradition. -1751

Theodoor van Hoytema, a Dutch painter, lithographer and designer, was born in The Hague
He made many watercolours and drawings of plants and animals, which clearly reveal his appreciation for Japanese prints: he often outlined the separate areas of flat color with ink, in imitation of such prints, and he could describe the characteristic attitudes of animals with a masterly economy of line. One of his works is "Two Arabian Vultures". -1863

Feodor Dietz, a German painter, died in Arc le Gray, France
In 1835 his "Death of Piccolomini", a dramatically charged scene from the Thirty Years War inspired by Schiller's drama "Wallenstein", received considerable acclaim; it is a characteristic example of his work. In 1839 he won a Gold Medal at the Salon with the "Death of Piccolomini". -1870

Italian sculptor Berto Lardera was born in Spezia
After producing works in a figurative style using a wide variety of materials, he devoted himself to the production of two-dimensional sculptures. He also liked to experiment with different metals to create rigid structures. -1911

The art collection of the Renaissance Palace of Liria in Madrid
Considered a historical monument, was saved from the fascist bombing by the militia. -1936

The Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere in Vienna, Austria, presented the exhibition "Oskar Kokoschka and Dresden"
Kokoschka (1886-1980) is one of the best known artists of the 20th century. This exhibition showed some works which are not so well known that he made while he lived in Dresden (1916-1923). -1996

Eleven years after his death, a retrospective of Andy Warhol's paintings and sculpture was on show in Dublin
With most of the loans coming from the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the career of this giant of Pop Art was traced in its entirety, from 1956 to 1986. Versions of almost all the key works were present: Tuna Fish Disaster, Jackie, Cow Wallpaper, Skull, Myths, Guns and the 1986 Self-Portrait among them. -1997

The Museum of Palma de Mallorca in the Spanish isles opened an exhibit of Robert Rauschenberg
The exhibition included 34 works by the American artist born in 1925. -1998

Archaeologists from the Museum of London
Discovered the remains of a triumphal arch that once marked the western entrance to the city. -1998

Dennis Heiner, a 72-year-old man, was arrested after he smeared white paint on a controversial painting of the Virgin Mary decorated with elephant dung painted by Chris Ofili
Dennis Heiner was immediately surrounded by security guards and taken into police custody after the incident at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. He was charged with criminal mischief, a felony. Heiner called the art blasphemous, witnesses said. His wife, Helena Heiner, told the New York Post the couple considered the painting an insult to Christians - and that she "encouraged him to do it." Chris Ofili's painting, "The Holy Virgin Mary," was part of a successful and much-criticized exhibit of works by young British artists titled "Sensation". -1999


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